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“Great way to clear one's head” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Greenbrier River Trail

Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Hillsboro
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Owner description: A 75-mile hiking and biking trail.
Napa, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great way to clear one's head”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The path seems to go on forever, which is wonderful if you want or need to clear your head. The river running beside the trail makes a for a great soundtrack to your walk or bike ride.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank KbOlivera
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Davidson, North Carolina, United States
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70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Horseback Riding Joy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We bought a summer place near the Greenbrier River Trail in part for the many pleasures offered by the trail and the river. While we kayak, float and ride bikes, my favorite use of the trail is for horseback riding. On even the warmest days, much of the trail is in deep shade. There is always wildlife to be seen -- deer, groundhogs, skunk, an occasional bear, otter, many small mammals. The birds along the river are varied and abundant, from eagles and other raptors to swallows, woodpeckers and finches. The trail surface is generally suitable for unshod horses; there are several fords and creeks where horses can be watered easily. Horses are not welcome in the camping or picnic sites, for obvious reasons, but you can tie them outside and enjoy a nice lunch on a long ride. The trail offers several bridge crossings and two tunnels, as well as the experience of encountering hikers and bikers from horseback. Great experience! One recommendation: they need signs outlining trail courtesy when hikers, bikers and horses share the trail. Many do not seem to know that the horses have the right of way, and you need to call out as you approach. Nothing startles many horses more than a bike approaching quietly from behind, and it can cause quite an accident. A good trail map is available on the GRT website. Barnett Cabins near Hillsboro offers lodging for horses and riders.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Ruth S
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Damascus, Maryland
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The views are lovely, but the trail is a little rough. Some areas had relatively deep fine gravel that made biking difficult. We have 77 x28 mm tires. The facilities were all clean and stocked. Most had water pumps - they were easy to use. We biked the entire trail from Cass to Lewisburg in 2 days and then back in 2 days. People were friendly, however, if you're used to people traveling on the right and passing on the left, they don't do that on this trail. When you approach a pedestrian from behind and warn them you're passing on the left, they jump off to the side of the trail and tell you to take the middle: which is the roughest area of the trail. It's a bit disconcerting. The bathroom in Cass is at the Railroad. Stop before you head out, the first bathroom is 12 miles down the trail.

Visited October 2012
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Charleston, WV
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“GRT is GR8!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is one of the best rail trails in the country and runs along the beautiful Greenbrier River. It passes through a number of quaint little towns along the way. Sporadic spots to camp, and inumerable opportunities for fishing. Stop by our cabin and say hi between mile post 44-45!

Visited August 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT Ride even for a novice as myself!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

My husband and I loaded up the bike trailer and pulled on the back packs. We planned to ride from end to end over the Memorial Day weekend. We made it to the last outhouse and watering hole and called it a night, just a few miles from Cass. I was beat, we had ridden all day, I had saddle sores, he failed to tell me to use bag balm prior ro suiting up. But it was worth it, the weekend was gorgeous, just a lght mist wheich coole dus down, when we arose in the morning, my sores were worse, but we rode into Cass (Sunday) and hoped to purchase som onitment for me...the clerk from the motel even looked in her personal first aid kit for anythign to help - nothing! I had to turn my seat around so as not to sit on my blisters....againg they were worth it. We say bears and birds and snakes and all of God's other creatures...what a beautiful weekend. SO saddle up (use the bag balm liberally) and back you bag you have a trail calling your name. You will not be disappointed, it was worth the now purple scars.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Mrs426
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